Gutierrez confident of ending F1 points drought soon

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Esteban Gutierrez is confident of scoring his first Formula 1 points in over two years soon after a luckless start to the 2016 season with Haas.

Gutierrez returned to a full-time race seat for 2016 with the new Haas operation, which became the first American team to enter F1 for 30 years.

However, the Mexican retired in Australia after Fernando Alonso ran over the back of him, and was sidelined in Bahrain by a brake issue when running inside the points.

“I have the feeling that good times are just around the corner for us to get underway with scoring points consistently,” Gutierrez said.

“We’ve had a good pace and a good car at two different tracks. I’m just going to keep preparing, keep pushing and keep fighting the same way because soon, the results will be there.”

Gutierrez’s teammate Romain Grosjean scored points in both Australia and Bahrain much to the surprise of the paddock – and even Gutierrez himself.

“It is true that we have surprised many people. It’s a situation that probably we didn’t expect – to be that good,” Gutierrez said.

“We still need to manage our expectations because our car at the moment has reacted pretty well in Melbourne and in Bahrain, but we need to learn how it will react now in China.

“I think China will give us a good indication of how the season will be, and also the fact that all the other teams are pushing really hard to develop their car during the season. And as the season advances, it will get more and more competitive, so we need to be ready for that.

“We can still extract more speed and performance from our car, and China gives us an opportunity to do just that.”

The Chinese Grand Prix is live across NBCSN and Live Extra this weekend.